UDUPI/MANGALURU: A vaccination push for Japanese encephalitis (JE) will be held from December 5 to 24, targeting as many as 2,20,246 children between the ages of 1 to 15.
According to Udupi deputy commissioner M. Kurma Rao, the survival rate among those diagnosed with Japanese encephalitis will be around 60%. Even those who stay have a 50% impairment after recovery. On such a test basis, the programme was introduced in 2006 in 10 districts. The DC also added that the suggested vaccination is safe and inactivated and that the campaign will initially focus on schools before expanding to all anganwadis.
There are 1,922 immunisation centres set up by the district. The campaign to get kids their vaccines will be run by Asha, anganwadi workers, and medical personnel. Nodal officials have been appointed in every school.